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George H. Hodges Papers

Creator: Hodges, George H. (George Hartshorn), 1866-1947

Date: 1893-1922 (Bulk: 1893-1918)

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 58

Unit ID: 40058

Biographical sketch: Lumberman; Kansas State senator, governor (1913-15). Of Olathe

Abstract: Primarily letters received, many of them political. Included is correspondence pertaining to issues relating to the governance of Olathe, Kan., while George Hodges's brother Frank was mayor; Frank's son's deafness; the 1902 Congressional campaign; hunting; civic matters; George Hodges's election as State senator, 1904; a coal weighing bill; Barney Sheridan; legislative matters, including roads & lead paint; politics; George Hodges's pursuit of the Democratic gubernatorial nomination; newspapers' opposition to his bid; keeping progressive Democrats "in line"; a "lumber trust"; a heated race for chairman of the Democratic State Committee; analysis of Hodges's defeat in 1910; available state jobs; the 1912 U.S. Senate & gubernatorial race and Hodges's candidacy for the latter; strife within the Democratic Party; the 1912 primary & general elections; Woodrow Wilson; Hodges's labor views; direct election of U.S. senators; candidacy of William Thompson for U.S. Senate; Prohibition; political appointments; Hodges's bid for re-election in 1914; speaking at Chautauquas, Anti-Saloon League, & other Prohibition events; his possible candidacy for a Federal Trade Commission position; possible candidates in 1916; the 1916 State Democratic convention; his lumber business; his appointment to the Food Conservation Commission of Kansas; and his candidacy in the 1918 U.S. Senate race. Correspondents include Henry J. Allen, J. D. Botkin, William Jennings Bryan, Samuel Crumbine, Herbert S. Hadley, Grant Harrington, Frank Hodges, John P. St. John, and Charles M. Sheldon. School Textbook Commission correspondence, Nov. 1911-Nov. 1912 (bulk Nov. 1911-May 1912) deals with proposed changes in legislation, merits of specific texts, and pricing.

Space Required/Quantity: 6.00 cubic feet

Title (Main title): George H. Hodges Papers

Scope and Content

Contents: Box 1. Correspondence: 1893 Sept. 20-1909 Feb. 15 -- box 2. Correspondence: 1909 Feb. 16-1910 May 31 -- box 3. Correspondence: 1910 June-Oct. -- box 4. Correspondence: 1910 Nov.-1911 Aug., 1910 undated ; campaign material, 1910 -- box 5. Correspondence: 1911 Sept-1912 Jan., 1911 undated ; School Textbook Commission correspondence, 1911 Nov.-1912 Nov. (bulk 1911 Nov.-1912 May) -- box 6. Correspondence: 1912 Feb. 1-June 15 -- box 7. Correspondence: 1912 June 16-Aug. 31 -- box 8. Correspondence: 1912 Sept. 1-Dec. 10 -- box 9. Correspondence: 1912 Dec. 11-1914 Sept. 30, 1912 undated ; campaign material, 1912 -- box 10. Correspondence: 1914 Oct.-1915 Apr., 1914 undated ; campaign material 1914 -- box 11. Correspondence: 1916 May-July -- box 12. Correspondence: 1916 Aug.-1922 June ; misc


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Related Records or Collections

Other Finding Aid/Index: Unpublished contents summary by year and month available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)

Related materials: The Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) also has the papers of George H. Hodges's brother, Frank (ms. collection no. 52C), and records of the Hodges Brothers Lumber Co. (ms. collection no. 59) as well as George Hodges's official records as governor of Kansas (state archives record group 252)

Index Terms


    Kansas Democratic State Convention (1916 :Topeka, Kan.)
    Kansas. Governor -- Elections
    Kansas. Legislature. Senate -- Elections, 1904
    Kansas. School Textbook Commission
    United States. Congress -- Elections
    United States. Federal Trade Commission
    Anti-saloon League of America
    Democratic Party (Kan.)
    Democratic Party (Kan.) State Central Committee
    Food Conservation Commission of Kansas
    Hodges Brothers (Firm)
    Kansas -- Politics and government -- 20th century
    Olathe (Kan.)
    United States
    Hodges, Frank, 1863-1962
    Hodges, Frank, 1863-1962 -- Family
    Hodges, George H. (George Hartshorn), 1866-1947
    Sheridan, Barney
    Thompson, William Howard, 1871-1928, Judge
    Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
    Governors -- Kansas -- Elections
    Chautauquas -- United States
    Coal -- Law and legislation -- Kansas
    Direct election -- Kansas
    Direct election -- United States
    Elections -- Kansas
    Highway law -- Kansas
    Hunting -- Kansas
    Labor unions -- Kansas
    Lead based paint -- Kansas
    Legislation -- Kansas
    Lumber trade -- Kansas -- Olathe
    Patronage, Political -- Kansas
    Political campaigns -- Kansas
    Progressivism (United States politics)
    Prohibition -- Kansas
    Prohibition -- United States
    Textbooks -- Kansas
    Textbooks -- Law and legislation -- Kansas
    Trusts, Industrial -- Kansas

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